Mini Kitchen Garden KitsSeeds and soil given to local residents to grow ingredients to use in their home.
Benefit of learning new skills
Keep learning is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, five evidence-based actions which can improve personal wellbeing. Adults engaged in lifelong learning are more likely to be healthier, have better mental health and be more socially connected. They are also more likely to participate in the community and decisions concerning the community. Learning new skills increases individuals’ employability, supporting the economic growth of the community. Adults involved in learning are more likely to be involved in their children’s education, helping them learn and raise attainment.
To distribute gardening kits to residents so they could grow their own plants from seeds.
" Straight from the garden. Had these lovely Radishes from the Garden kit for lunch yesterday. Gorgeous” (Resident)
“I found the pack on my doorstep and it was a lovely surprise! I’ve been really lonely since I lost my husband so it has given me a lot of pleasure to do something he would have enjoyed if he was still here with me. I’ve grown some lovely radishes which I have used in a salad. I chopped up the basil in some mashed potato which was lovely. My husband was an avid gardener so I know if he was here he would have enjoyed the pack so I did it in his memory.” (Resident)
“We have given the planting bags out and we have some gorgeous photos and videos already of the children planting the seeds and the feedback has been great already, One Mum said that the child really enjoyed it and they were talking about where fruit and vegetables came from and the child thought they just come from the supermarket and didn't realise that they grew from the ground." (Local Surestart centre)
“It was lovely of you to visit and drop them off. We have only one left at the day centre and they have been really appreciated by those who certainly will benefit from them.” (Age UK Levenshulme/Gorton)
The project was a success with positive comments from residents from different parts of Manchester. Overall 536 bags were distributed. The project was delivered to young people and also older people who learnt how to plant seeds and start a new hobby. From the project it is hoped that new gardening groups will emerge across the city.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Helping people live healthier lives
Increased mental wellbeing
Increasing community involvement
Socially connected communities
Giving children the best start in life
Duckworth, K. and Cara, O. (2012) The Relationship between Adult Learning and Wellbeing:
Feinstein, L., Budge, D., Vorhaus, J. and Duckworth, K. (2008). The social and personal benefits
Foresight, Government Office for Science (2017) - What are the wider benefits of learning across the life course?
New Economics Foundation (2008) – Five ways to wellbeing
NIACE (2011) - Social value of adult learning for community empowerment.
Phil Tomlinson _ Neighbourhood Health Worker.
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